Green riverbanks are soon replaced by the towering buildings of Frankfurt am Main, a city aptly referred to as “Mainhatten.” Upon reaching Miltenberg, you will have the opportunity to discover an inviting museum, the old square market and traditional German half-timber houses.
The next stops on your itinerary are the enchanting cities of Würzburg and Bamberg. Known as the ‘Pearl of the Romantic Road’, World Heritage-listed Würzburg will invite you to explore its sweeping vineyards, myriad of churches, old bridges and historical royal residences. Bamberg, also World Heritage-listed, boasts equally magnificent architecture and historically significant sites. Among the attractions is a Romanesque cathedral built by Emperor Henry II in the 11th century and the former residences of 16th and 17th century bishops. When in Bamberg, you will also have a range of palatable delights, including the town’s famous smoky beer, Rauchbier.
As you travel further down the Rhine-Main-Danube canal, you will travel beneath picturesque bridges and past rural villages, until you reach the outskirts of Nuremberg. Before you leave this city and enter the narrow channels and river locks leading into the Danube, make sure to visit the World War II sites and taste the renowned bratwurst, beer and gingerbread.